Fundraiser is a cracker

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SIXTH formers at De Aston school got into the festive spirit for charity.

Scores of Santas, reindeer headgear and even a penguin put in an appearance to raise £233.80 to share between the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and the sixth formers’ own fund.

And head of Year 11 Kerry Rivett has a particular reason to be proud of the students’ efforts.

Mrs Rivett’s father died last year just nine months after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

“I was delighted and extremely emotional when the students told me they had chosen MNDA as their nominated charity,” she said.

“It means a lot to me and my mum was really pleased and touched too.”

There are around 5,000 sufferers of the disease in the UK at any one time, with no cure.

MNDA not only ploughs money into research, but also helps sufferers adapt their homes to aid their condition.